President - Ahmed Sandhu
Assalamu Alaikum (peace be unto you)!
My name is Ahmed Sandhu and I am finishing my second year in the Biomedical Sciences program. I just finished an executive term with the MSA as the services officer and I can say with conviction that this last year was a turning point in my life for the better Alhamdulillah (all praise to Allah alone). I was able to learn so much from having the opportunity to serve and be around an inspiring team of dedicated individuals. I hope to take those experiences, extract the lessons, and apply them during the next term.
My goals as president:
Administration - Tarek Madani
My Name is Mohamad Tarek Madani. I am a second-year student doing Honours BSc in Biomedical Sciences.
Here is my platform for the Administrative Officer position for the upcoming academic year 2020-2021:
As an administrative officer, I intend to fulfill several goals:
VP Sisters - Safaa Farah
My name is Safaa, I’m a second year Health sciences student. Alhamdullilah, I've been blessed by Allah with many opportunities and experiences that I'm confident I can use as a foundation to further improve uOMSA initiatives.
My involvement within the uOMSA has definitely been a rewarding experience. Over the past two years, I have worked as a member of the outreach committee, IAW19 marketing committee, table member and IAW20 coordinator. I believe holding various positions at different levels has taught me many valuable skills.
Some of my goals I want to fulfil include:
Services - Omar Radwan Mohsen
Assalamu alaikom warahtmatullahi wa barakatoh,
My name is Omar Radwan, a third year student currently serving as your prayerspace committee head. I am here to serve you for the sake of Allah by running to be your next services executive inshaAllah.
There are 4 main points I’d focus on as services exec:
Finance - Ahnaf Tahmid
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
Hopefully this message finds you all safe during the pandemic. My name is Ahnaf Tahmid. A little info about me. I’m currently a first-year Health Science student applying for the position of Financial Officer. Before coming to the University of Ottawa, I attended Bell High School and took part in several clubs. One of the notable ones was BISA (Bell Islamic Student Association). I was a member of this club since grade 9 and in my last year, I was elected as Co-President for the club. There were many responsibilities that came with the position. One of the biggest tasks was organizing daily dhuhr prayers and the weekly jummah prayer. During this period, I also delivered khutbahs on many occasions. Besides prayer, I also started a small gathering during Ramadan, where people who were fasting were allowed to be in a room during the lunch break with air conditioning to avoid going out in the hot weather and avoid those eating lunch in the hallways. Besides these things, I also handled all the finances which were coming in through the selling of food items and conducting small fundraisers. The main reason I chose to apply for the position of Financial Officer is to make use of my previous experiences and InshaAllah, with the help of Allah, enrich it for the future. Furthermore, I want to meet and interact with new people who I share connections with, spiritually and emotionally. Finally, some new initiatives that I intend to introduce to MSA are things that proved to be successful during my time serving as the head of BISA. For example, more interactive events with the Imams in our city to engage and attract more people to take part in UOMSA.
Events - Nour Elmestekawy
Bismillah wassalatu wassalamu Ala rasool Allah.
I’m a second year Health Sciences student. This is my second time running for this position (yielding 49% of the votes last year). If that alone doesn’t speak to my dedication and passion for this position I’m not sure what does!
This year, I’ve held 2 more positions within uOMSA -- totaling 5 positions within my 1yr 7mos membership. I believe that having experience at every level of uOMSA will allow me to be a beneficial executive member regarding communication within the club and uOMSA affairs.
Alhamdulillah event planning continues to be a passion of mine. I’ve been given countless opportunities by Allah (swt) to plan events since I was 13. Some may already know me as the sister that’s at almost every uOMSA event. I’m quite humbled that so many of you reach out to me trustingly about event details.
In addition to improving uOMSA events from many aspects (creativity, appeal, variety, punctuality, diverse timings, consistency and quality), I would like to strengthen our collaboration with other clubs on campus.
As an executive member I will do my utmost best to continue to lead by example. I naturally cannot expect anyone to show up to uOMSA events if I, as a uOMSA leader, am not attending the events myself. So, I will continue to be there for every event in sha’ Allah.
Lastly, I want you to know that as an executive member I will be 100% accessible in sha’ Allah. Please reach out to me with suggestions or concerns at any time. I want to listen to what you have to say and ensure that your voice is heard in uOMSA. Let’s continue to create an environment where everyone feels welcome!
Visit my socials @nourelmestekawy for my extended platform!
Student Support - Sidi M. Ennahoui
Click here to listen to Sidi Mohamed's speech!
My name is Sidi Mohamed Ennahoui. I am in my first year at the University of Ottawa, studying International Development and Globalization and I am running to be your Student Support Officer for the upcoming academic year.
In the last ten months, we have sadly heard about the multiple students’ deaths on campus, with many of them being reported to be suicide-related deaths. It is clear that we have a serious problem on our campus regarding mental health issues and there are not enough services and resources to tackle this. Consequently, I strongly believe the UOMSA needs to establish a Muslim chaplaincy program that will be available to support our Muslim community on campus.
I will also work on creating committees that empower and support our many inner-communities within the MSA such as our converts, international students, and francophones. Being an international student myself, I know what struggles and issues my brothers and sisters go through. As such, I will work on creating an inclusive environment that will welcome everyone.
In conclusion, I will work diligently with the rest of the executive council and all appropriate entities (such as the local Imams’ council, Ontario MSA Council, and the UOSU) to ensure that we develop and maintain services that pertain to, but are not limited to:
My passion is to support you, and I will do my best to support our community on campus.
Student Support - Sarah Aly
Assalamu Alaikum, I hope this message finds you well!
My name is Sarah Aly and I am a second year Health Sciences student running for the new Student Support Officer role with the MSA. I have been blessed to have been a part of the MSA for the last 2 years, being a part of the Dawah committee last year as well as volunteering in IAW2019 and 2020 (lol). Alhamdulillah I have also had the opportunity to be part of the student voice for the Faculty of Health Sciences in the uOttawa Senate and UOSU. I'm also an exec with Treehouse, which is a mentorship program for young refugees and newcomers. These roles have taught me valuable lessons in working with people from different backgrounds, hearing their inputs and implementing initiatives that bring value to the communities I served. Throughout my experience in the MSA I have always wanted to take on a position that puts the students first and I believe my skills and experience will allow me to do so. Below is a list of a few things I wish to implement, God willing, if I am elected:
VP Brothers - Mohammed Farooqui
I, Mohammed Abdul Raquib Farooqui, am thankful for this opportunity that Allah s.w.t. has blessed upon me. The MSA has been a significant part of my life since the early stages of primary school. With that being said, I have gained a thorough understanding of how far the MSA has come as an organization. The community of uOttawa has grown in the recent years, and with that has come the social responsibility to continually adapt and accommodate to the changing population.
As Vice-President of the MSA at uOttawa, I will further expand the channels of outreach that the organization has already founded while also building new bridges. A wudu area is of necessity due to the growing number of requests received from students and staff across campus. Specifically, there were many iInquiries ranging from cleanliness to the ease of accessibility to students performing salah in between classes. Further developing a welcoming attitude as a club that includes all people not just Muslims will better elaborate the meaning of Islam.
Insha-Allah, I look forward to working with you all and serving as the new V.P. of the MSA. During my journey with the MSA, I hope to acquire new skills and become a better Muslim while helping others do the same as well.
VP Sisters - Khadija Kamal
Click here to listen to Khadija's speech!
Assalamu Alaikum everyone! My name is Khadija Kamal and I’m a second-year student studying biomedical sciences applying to fulfil the role of Internal Affairs. A little bit about me I was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Brantford, Ontario. Every bone in my body believes that our uniqueness makes us who we are. Every person no matter their gender, culture, program, experiences or personality brings something new to offer that can appreciated. I went to a catholic high school and that was one of my favorite experiences. I was able to learn from people who were of a different faith, leaving me to be more open minded.
One of the ways to appreciate our differences I had was of hosting a supervised panel where cultural clubs, such as the Iranian student’s association, Pakistan students’ associations, Lebanese cultural clubs, ect. – have a conversation that highlights how different cultures express the main pillars of Islam in order to promote unity across campus while still appreciating the differences of each culture .Another new initiative I would implant is to encourage our members to show support for other clubs on campus to promote involvement around campus whether that be by attending events (that are recommended) or by donations through the newsletter on how to get involved and updates on campus life. My last innovative idea is to open up the lines of communication with Campus Vibes and the UOSU in order to strengthen our relationship. With my experiences of being in IWA 2020, working as a soccer coach and a barista, going on a service trip to Guatemala, and playing on multiple sports team has made me an inclusive well-rounded team player for the Internal Affairs position at UOMSA.
Services - Mohamad Radwan
Assalamu Alaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh,
My name is Mohamad Radwan. I am a first-year student doing Honours BSc in Biochemistry and BASc in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology). I would be delighted to have the opportunity of being part of the MSA executive team, and have the honour of serving my religion and fellow Muslims in the best way I can. I am running for services officer for the upcoming academic year, 2020-21. As a services officer, I plan to keep up the great efforts done by former services officers. I aim to benefit from their experiences to help me fulfill the following goals and duties:
• Ensuring the Friday prayers go as smooth as possible. This will be done by coordinating with khateebs well in advance, and making sure there will be volunteers available to help with setting up the prayer area.
• Ensuring that the prayer spaces on campus are always well-maintained. This will be achieved via the help of the services volunteers, in addition to frequent reminders to the Muslims community encouraging them to help maintain the prayer spaces.
• Ensuring that any resources related to the Islamic faith are available upon request.
Whenever an unexpected situation arises, I will be sure to deal with it quickly and effectively insha’Allah. I will seek guidance from more experienced members in the MSA when needed.
Finance - Nora Al-Akwaa
Assalamu Alaikum everybody, my name is Nora Al-Akwaa and I am running for the financial officer position this year. I am currently a 2nd-year student studying business, specializing in finance. Having been a member of the MSA for 2 years now and a current marketing member, I have gained key insight into the regular operations of this association. Moreover, I believe that the more I get involved the better my chances are at benefiting the MSA. I first became interested in this opportunity after I observed the continuous hard work and dedication the MSA volunteers and executive team carried out during the weeks leading to IAW. Being a part of an association that benefits the community and helps young Muslims grow closer to their creator is the main reason I am applying to this position. I believe we should constantly keep raising the bar of excellence every year to ensure constant improvement in our services, and that’s why I urge you all to vote for me. With my creative ideas, fast ability to solve problems, and constant strive for improvement I can help the MSA grow. In addition, I would love to have the chance to share my knowledge in finance, as I’ll be putting theory to action, for the benefit of this community. I plan to increase the number of fundraising events, as I have had numerous past experiences in organizing fundraisers. Lastly, when you vote for me you wouldn't only be voting for a new finance officer, you would be voting for a person who is committed, passionate, hardworking, and motivated to serve the MSA.
Events - Ammar Salkini
Click here to listen to Ammar's speech!
My name is Ammar, and I am a second-year student running for the Events Officer position.
I strongly believe I am well-equipped with the necessary skills and experience to grandly excel in
fulfilling my tasks as an Events Officer. When you’re gonna click on “Ammar Salkini”, be confident that you have made the correct decision! Here is why:
➢ What is my plan as an Events Officer?
1. Maintaining the teachings of our Quran and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet peace be
2. Fortifying the connection with our Muslim brothers and sisters on campus, especially
those not involved with the MSA (they’re the vast majority).
3. Improving the Islam Awareness Week by bringing innovative ideas to expand the benefit
to the greatest extent.
4. Working on the 101 Week. As a chief coordinator of the Week, I will dedicate my utmost
time and effort to help our new Muslim students have the best welcoming experience!
5. Developing relationships with Muslims students in High School, who need every sort of
help during their time, and they look up to us as their role models.
6. Mental heath! Throughout the past years, our Halaqas and events needed more output
towards the mental and spiritual well-being of our students, and I will work on bringing
7. Encouraging and developing feedback systems, where YOU will have your voice into
deciding the programming of events and activities.
➢ What are my skills and experiences?
1. Sincere commitment and dedication towards serving the community.
2. Leadership, responsibility, and punctuality skills.
3. Organizing, planning, and executing social and religious events:
a. Organized Winter and March Break youth program at local Mosque.
b. Organized High school sports activities, bake-sales, and school trips.
c. Managed multi-thousand budget.
4. Volunteering in the local Muslim community and UOMSA:
a. Active volunteer in SNMC social events
b. UOMSA Dawah Committee.
c. Building Bridges Summer Camp.
d. Embrace Syria Fundraising Campaign.
As a humble ambassador of the Deen, I hold responsibility in front of Allah Azza Wajall for my
sincerity and dedication. I ask of Allah Azza Wajall to keep me steadfast upon my words and to
grant you trust in my potential. Ameen!
Student Support - Aisha Haq
Click here to listen to Aisha's speech!
As Salaamualaikum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu,
I want to start off by first acknowledging that it is a privilege to be speaking on this platform. While we are not physically present at the University of Ottawa, it is still with absolute affirmation that these words are being conveyed on traditional, unceded, and unsurrendered land of the Algonquin Anishinabek people.
My name is Aisha Haq, I am in my third year of studying English Second Language-Teaching, and I’m running for the position of Student Support Officer. If elected, the first of my priorities would be the promotion of emotional and social belonging through fostering a strong and tangible sense of inclusivity throughout the Muslim population on campus, especially the international Muslim community of students. I would achieve this by emphasizing my message of thorough and assured support that all students are deserving of no matter what their struggle may be. My second priority would be the expansion and making transparent the support resources available to students as well as the introduction and organization of new services that would cater to and encompass the mental health needs of students, such as: monthly Sisters and Brother Support Groups, anonymous forums (if you feel uncomfortable directly approaching support) that can reference you to a variety of resources, as well as the regular reminding and encouragement in seeking of both university as well as MSA resources. Furthermore, I would take the initiative to collaborate with the various committees within the MSA to construct events and programs that only advance channels of support all whilst championing the values of empathy and compassion.
If elected for the privilege of this position by the permission and will of Allah (s.w.t) and by you, it would be an honour to humbly serve as you Student Support officer in all my responsibilities and trust to you.
Communications - Betul Ozkisi
Assalamu alaikum, may peace be upon you.
My name is Betul Ozkisi and I’m a second year Economics student at the University of Ottawa, and I am running for the UOMSA’s Communications position. Alhamdulillah, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of UOMSA for the past 2 years, and I want to get more involved by giving back to our community. Ever since I joined MSA, I have always felt welcomed and included, and I want to make sure newcomers to the MSA feel the same way. As an exec member, I want to improve transparency and communication within the club, to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and their needs are being met.
I have always had a passion for photography and art, and I plan to use my experience and creativity in marketing to deliver the best to MSA members and the wider uOttawa community.